Indie Books Dominate Amazon ‘Movers & Shakers’ Ranking

Self-published authors, take heart: Readers are receptive to your work.

In fact, according to the Huffington Post (“Why You Can’t Find Indies in Bookstores,” April 12, 2012),
lovers of literature are scooping up self-published books in unprecedented numbers. So-called “indie” authors recently claimed more than half of the top 20 spots on Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers” list. The list, which is updated hourly, ranks books that rose most quickly in sales over the last 24 hours.

It wasn’t so long ago that self-published authors just didn’t seem to get any love. So why the change of heart? In short, readers recognize a good value when they see one. Self-published ebooks tend to be less expensive than big publishing house offerings, and thanks to author services such as those provided by Outskirts Press, their quality is comparable.

Another factor pushing self-published authors up the sales ladder is the availability of promotional tools and services that weren’t as accessible or as easy or cheap to utilize in the days before the dawn of the Internet. Readers fear what they don’t know. The more self-publish authors like you get the word out about their work, the more those works will be appreciated — and the more they’ll sell!

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Author Poll: Writer Ellen Cumbess wants your help with her book cover

Ellen Cumbess is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help with the book cover.

As part of a team-building exercise at work, Ellen Cumbess took a personality profile assessment that classified attendees as either lions, monkeys, turtles, or camels. Ellen was a lion. As this light bulb of realization began to flicker, the author experienced a historical recanting of events that led to the creation of this lion personality. This was the starting point of Ellen’s exploration of her life’s history, which took her down the road she’d always wanted to travel, the road she had been on her entire life—without a steering wheel. 

Tales of a Lion is the memoir of a native New Yorker struggling to overcome anger and resentment stemming from the events of her early childhood. It is the story of a lion’s self examination of a life spent roaring in search of inner peace; and in the end provides an answer to the question: Does a lion always have to roar?

Ellen Cumbess and her husband have six grown children and four grandchildren. Her New York City upbringing and diverse family history provided her with an abundance of stories and opinions, “all of which I am compelled to share.” Ellen enjoys traveling and meeting new people, but she is happiest at home, in Alabama.

Please take a look at two possible covers below then vote on the choice you recommend for Ellen:

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